Lombardi Student Wins Packers Art Contest

Lombardi Student Wins Packers Art Contest
Posted on 09/28/2021
Ileana PaganAt only 11 years old, Lombardi Middle School sixth grader Ileana Pagan has already won her first big art contest - the annual Packers Student Art Contest (grades 6-8 division). The contest encouraged students to share an artistic representation of what the Packers mean to them. Ileana’s winning submission included a depiction of a yellow ribbon wrapped around the Lombardi trophy, and two hands clasped together. Her artwork is particularly meaningful, as it represents the Packers role in supporting Ileana’s family while her brother battled childhood cancer. 

When asked how it feels to have won the 2021 Packers Student Art Contest, Ileana said, “it feels amazing, and it is a huge honor.” Ileana enjoys when her family gets together to watch the Green Bay Packers play, and to watch the Super Bowl. When her brother was battling cancer as a child, Ileana remembers meeting a few members of the Green Bay Packers in the hospital, and the joy the experience brought to her family. 

As a contest winner, Ileana won tickets to an upcoming Packers game, a $5,000 donation to the Lombardi art program, and her artwork will be displayed at historic Lambeau Field. Ileana plans to take her father and brother to the Packers vs. Bears game in December. As part of her award, Ileana also won a cash prize for herself. She chose to save half of her winnings, and use the rest to take her family out to dinner. 

Ileana’s favorite classes at Lombardi are art and orchestra. She has enjoyed drawing since she was three years old, and likes to draw in her free time. In the future, Ileana would like to attend college to pursue a career where she can help people, potentially as a nurse or therapist. 
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